2013 NBA Free Agency Primer

NBA free agency officially begins at 11:01pm CST tonight, at which point teams are permitted to talk to and negotiate with other clubs' free agents. However, most free agent contracts can't officially be signed until July 10th, due to the July moratorium. Our explanation of the July moratorium is one link you'll want to check out as you prepare for the 2013 free agent period. Here are a few more:

  • Hoops Rumors has a complete list of this summer's free agents, sorted by position. Our list also include players on non-guaranteed contracts, who may or may not be waived in the coming weeks. For a timeline on when those decisions are due, check out our schedule of contract guarantee dates.
  • You can follow free agent agreements using our 2013 Free Agent Tracker, which allows you to sort by a number of variables, including position, team, years, dollars, and more.
  • A number of players got the Free Agent Stock Watch treatment, as Hoops Rumors writers examined potential suitors and salary expectations for many of this year's key free agents.
  • We also took a more in-depth look at the free agent market, by position: Center, Power Forward, Small Forward, Shooting Guard, and Point Guard.
  • Over the last couple months, we previewed the upcoming offseason for all 30 NBA teams right here.
  • Our glossary has explanations for a number of terms and concepts that will come up over the next few weeks. Among them: Bird Rights, Early Bird Rights, Mid-Level Exception, Cap Holds, Sign-And-Trades, and Traded Player Exception.
  • I rounded up all the decisions on 2013/14 team and player options in one place.
  • Teams who have yet to use their amnesty provision will have a week in July to do so, once the moratorium is lifted. Here's a refresher on how the process works, which clubs can still amnesty a player, and which players are eligible.
  • My lists of Western and Eastern teams with potential cap space for a maximum-salary player were written in March, so some teams have made roster moves since then to change their cap outlook. But most of the clubs mentioned should still have plenty of space available.
  • I also explored max-contract scenarios for a few of this summer's top free agents.
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